Who Brought Jazz to India – Part III

Thanks for the feedback on this series featuring the work of Dr. Brad Shope , Texas A&M..
Part I and II are available here

Who Brought Jazz to India – Part I
Who Brought Jazz to India – Part II

As we conclude with Part III, we recognize , along with Brad, that there are others who have also undertaken a journey of discovery with regard to the origins and history of Jazz in India. This slide from our presentation at the Institute of Jazz Studies lists many contributors who work has helped with the historical background of this film.. Do take a moment to google some of the names, or peruse the blog for references to their work

Here is Part III


Who Brought Jazz to India ? Part II

Thanks for the emails related to the previous post

So for those who are interested , we continue the story told in the Presentation at the Institute of Jazz Studies on Feb 16th…this time through the voice of Dr. Brad Shope, on the faculty at Texas A& M…with visuals and a film clip

Part III, will follow , next week

Who brought Jazz to India ?

Our presentation at the Institute of Jazz Studies explored the story of Jazz in India.

and shared a wide of range of research and information gained over the course of this project

A teaser introduction highlighted the common perception that Jazz in India is synonymous with Shakti, Mclaughlin and earlier musicianswho sought common ground between Jazz and Indian Classical music

For many of it was Ornette, Coltrane (who never visited India ) and Don Ellis, for others, it all started with Ravi Shanker’s prescient 1962 collaboration with Don Ellis and Joe Herriott

But our lens looks beyond the ’60s……….and goes back in time…

We looked at a historical arc that spanned almost 50 years, and shared information about the early “Jazz Ambassadors”..

Herb Fleming, the first of the Ambassadors arrived as early as 1933, after a having travelled to South America, from where he acquired poly rhythms and percussionist Luis Pedroso

A few laters, spurred on by the success of Fleming’s 6 month stay at the Grand Hotel in Calcutta,  came the dapper Leon Abbey, straight from the Savoy Ballroom , in Harlem !

Thanks to Dr. Brad Shope, we learned that even before these “Ambassadors” Jazz had found its way to India, and to an India that was not the sophisticated and modern Bombay and Calcutta…. Brad sent us a clip that tells part of that story

If you like this post , please click on “Rate This” , or “Like ” and stay tuned for Part II of the story..

Inspired by this project – artwork from Tony Vita

Our good friend, the talented and creative Tony Vita shared his thoughts about this film in a note…and a graphic inspired by the project:

Jazzbo - a graphic for Finding Carlton by Tony Vita


From: Tony Vita
Date: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Subject: trailer
To: findingcarlton@gmail.com

The trailer is quite beautiful. Really well crafted.
This is going to be a fascinating film.
You’ve given something back to the artform you love
with your playing and now this film

Check out Tony Vita’s incredible imagination and creative expression , including his “Jazz Series”, and in the Animation category “The Gig”

Thanks, Tony !

Song from his Father

Can anyone help Pieter de Haan who sent in this query (After watching the Teddy Weatherford video) ?

“Dear sir,
I was impressed by the archive in the beautifull video, therefore I hope you can give me any information about my father, the piano-player Harry de Haan, who made several recordings at CBS dum dum.
The only title I can remember is “the rapsody in blue” by Gershwin.
He lived and worked in Singapore from 1924 untill the japanese occupation in 1942.
Thankfully yours,
pieter de Haan
Amsterdam, Holland.”